Understanding Our Motives

Our motives drive us. We are what we are and do what we do as a result of our motives. The first step in understanding our motives is to identify the source of our motives. These motives may develop from the way we think. What do we feed our minds on? Our reasoning, faulty or correct, develops motives. Sometimes the mind is ignored in favor of our emotions. In this scenario, our emotions motivate us to find ways to enjoy wholesome pleasure or evil pleasure. James supplies a clue as to why we seek ungodly pleasure. In Chapter 1, Verses 14-15, he writes, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” A key word here is “lust.” As has been pointed out in previous articles, “lust” is strong or intense desire. It can be desires for good or for sin. The unsaved person will desire whatever appeals to his or her eyes, to his or her “flesh” and what feeds his or her ego. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:15-16). As James pointed out (above) this kind of lust leads to a dead end. A genuine Christian marches to the beat of a different drum. He or she will be motivated from a very different source. We’ll look at that tomorrow, God willing. Selah! Have you given serious thought to the source of your motives?   Ron

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